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Happy International Archaeology Day!

In my previous life I was as an archaeologist. I went to school to study archaeology, visited archaeological sites, did laboratory work (cleaning and processing artifacts), went on digs as a student, volunteer, intern, and even for a short time a paid archaeologist. I even have my own trowel (no its not sonic)! In honor […]

The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes

Take a Selfie with Sherlock! Just one item at a new exhibit that I was able to visit this past Wednesday August 17 at the University of Minnesota’s Anderson Library “The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes,” which tells visitors that “Not everyone is perfect, including the world’s most famous consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes. This exhibition highlights […]

Carl J. and Dorothy L. Aho Photograph Collection, ca. 1940s

My dad donated a bunch of old photographs in his and my uncle’s name to the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections at the University of Alaska Fairbanks- Rasmuson Library back in the 1990s. The photographs are: “The Carl J. and Dorothy L Aho Photograph Collection consists of seventy-one black and white photographs. Images include aerial […]

Happy World UFO Day!

Happy World UFO Day! Yes, there really is a holiday for everything!


Watching the Chippendale dance tonight with the ladies tonight! Not as sleazy as I thought it was going to be, but the “B” team must have been performing in Minnesota as their choreography seemed a bit lacking.

The toe

Now that life has settled down a bit and I actually have some free time, I finally got around to seeing the podiatrist again. I am at the 9 month mark since I had toe surgery and it still hurts to walk and my foot still swells up everyday. Good news is that the titanium […]

Doctor Madeline Messick

My friend Madeline, whom I met the first day of my PhD program (along with J and Issam), successfully defended her dissertation “Natural Disasters In Latin America: The Role of Disaster Type and Productive Sector On The Urban-Rural Income Gap and Rural To Urban Migration” today! I purchased a Congratulations PhD Graduation card for her […]

I Passed!!! PhD Comprehensive Oral Exam

Today was my 90 Minutes PhD Comprehensive Oral Exam. April 28th, 2016 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m It was a crazy day! I got less than 3 hours of sleep (not a good sleeper I was trying for 6 hours, but could not fall asleep), so I was not moving too quickly this morning. The […]

Today is Study Day Wednesday!

Today is Study Day Wednesday, so named due to the fact that I am resting, letting my back recover from yesterdays long flights, and studying like a crazy lady for tomorrows PhD Oral Examination Day. Today was also rainy, humid, and included a trip for tacos to Juan Tequilas.

Happy Birthday Mom!

So ends two weeks of celebrating my Mom’s birthday (it was back on April 14th). Number #69 for those keeping track. Yes #70 next year will be big! Huge! Weeks of celebrating! Including everyone’s favorite ’70 Days of Carole’! So she had a little dinner party and Sloane (my moms favorite child) brought over a […]